Kirstie Alley's death has deeply saddened fans

It was announced on Monday (December 5) that actress Kirstie Alley has died at the age of 71 after a "battle with cancer".

Now his representative has revealed the cancer he was diagnosed with, which is believed to be the cause of his death. Before his death, he was treated at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida.

Kirstie's rep confirmed to People that she was diagnosed with colon cancer. His children issued a statement confirming the news of his death.

"To all our friends around the world... We are saddened to announce that our incredible, relentless and loving mother has passed away after battling newfound cancer," they said in a statement. “Surrounded by her closest family, she fought with great might to assure us of her never-ending zest for life and the adventures that awaited her. As iconic as she was on screen, she was an even more wonderful mother and grandmother.

True and Lillie continued, "We are grateful to the incredible team of doctors and nurses at Moffitt Cancer Center for their care. Our mother's joy and passion for life, her children, grandchildren and countless animals, as well as her endless joy in creating , were second to none and just like them, we need to live life to the fullest.

"We thank you for your love and prayers and ask that you respect our privacy at this difficult time. Always loving, True and Lillie Parker," they concluded.